Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Diane asked . . .
Wherever did you find to order it? (Stahman's Shawls and Scarves)
This book was on my mental list of things I needed to buy someday. I wrongly assumed there was no hurry.

They had it at Knitpicks a while ago. When I went to add it to my last order they didn't have it anymore.

Amazon only showed three used copies, the lowest price was worn and $50! Highest price $193.

Fortunately, there are still some yarn shops that have copies, and I was able to Google and find it for the regular price, $30, at Knitter's Bookshelf. I ordered it immediately in case Rocking Chair Press doesn't do another printing.

DebbieB asked . . .
Does CIC accept donations from people who don't belong to the organization?
With gratitude!

There are approximately 700,000 children in Eastern Europe living in orphanages with winter indoor temperatures hovering around 45 Fahrenheit (that's 7 Celsius). They can never have too many sweaters, vests, and socks, in at least 70% wool. (I use 100% wool.)

The knitted items are sent to a central location (Kathy’s garage). They are then packed into suitcases and taken directly to the orphanages by couples traveling to the area to pick up a child they are adopting. This prevents the donations from being "side tracked" and sold, never making it to their intended destination.

e-mail Me for Kathy's address.

Just for the record, I do not belong to CIC. I do belong to the CIC Knit List, a Yahoo group to support and encourage each other as we knit for the kids.

Dorothy asked . . .
Did you notice that the new Interweave Knits has two patterns for fingerless gloves?
Not until the entire knitting community was done getting their copy delivered before mine arrived, finally, on Friday.

The Rib-and-Cable Mitts are on my list to knit. I'll make the cuffs longer to provide more coverage for the CIC caretakers.

I didn't think the Pom-Pom Fingerless Mitts were attractive, but the pattern is of interest because it's knit from the knuckles down to the cuffs, just the opposite of all my other fingerless mitt patterns. Next time I'm using balls of leftover worsted, I'll give this a technique try so I don't run out of yarn mid-hand. But I'll use a different stitch pattern.

Loren asked . . .
Your FLAK is looking good. How large is your neck opening? How many stitches did you have to pick up and knit on each saddle?
My saddles are 2.5 inches wide and 4 inches/31 stitches long. I picked up 31 stitches.

To get a front neck drop of three inches, I subtracted half the saddle width, 1.25 inches and did a drop of 1.75 inches. The width (without the neckband, of course) is 7.5 inches.

All these measurements are calculated from my washed and blocked swatches, not the actual unwashed and unblocked knitting.

Since we are each calculating our own pattern based on our own measurements, I'm not sure how much good this information is to anyone other than myself. If you want to compare your calculations with mine, you need to know that I measured 15 inches across the back. I added a half inch so as to get all the cables in and have the cables fall where I thought they looked best at the neckline. Since a half inch is only a quarter inch on each side, I don't expect this to be a problem. It may even be a blessing since I don't want this sweater to fit tightly.

No comments: